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IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

Production Declining by as Much as 40 Million Tons; Prices Failing to Benefit Shareholders or Stimulate New Investment; Anemic Exports; Little or No Gain From Regulatory Relief; Increasingly Dim Employment Prospects

We’re out this morning with our annual outlook for U.S. coal markets, and the picture isn’t pretty. We see the potential for some short-lived strength in the current uptick for coal producers but the title of our assessment sums up the larger view: “Short-Term Gains Will Be Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals.” You can […]

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2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

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IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals
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IEEFA U.S. Coal Outlook 2017: Short-Term Gains Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals

Production Declining by as Much as 40 Million Tons; Prices Failing to Benefit Shareholders or Stimulate New Investment; Anemic Exports; Little or No Gain From Regulatory Relief; Increasingly Dim Employment Prospects

We’re out this morning with our annual outlook for U.S. coal markets, and the picture isn’t pretty. We see the potential for some short-lived strength in the current uptick for coal producers but the title of our assessment sums up the larger view: “Short-Term Gains Will Be Muted by Prevailing Weaknesses in Fundamentals.” You can […]

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Divestiture Movement, Deepening Distress of Coal Industry, Emerging Battles Over Solar, Overbuilding of Shale Gas Pipelines Highlight IEEFA Energy Finance 2016 Conference in New York City

Panelists From Deutsche Bank, Moody’s, S&P Capital IQ, New York Mayor’s Office, CalSTRS, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Norwegian Parliament

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, MARCH 14-16; EXPERTS FROM EUROPE, ASIA, AUSTRALIA,  AND THE AMERICAS NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2016 — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today announced a 2016 conference lineup that includes leading energy finance experts, industry regulators, institutional investors, activists, market analysts and commentators from around the world. The conference, Energy […]

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U.S. Energy Information Administration Cuts 2015 Coal Outlook

U.S. Energy Information Administration Cuts 2015 Coal Outlook

The Energy Information Administration has cut its 2015 outlook for the U.S. coal industry. The agency’s revised forecast has coal production totaling 926 million tons in 2015, down by 17 million from its February estimate because of falling demand in both domestic and export markets. “If the EIA’s estimate holds, it would be the lowest […]

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2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus

2014 – Another Year of Unmet Promises for the Prairie State Energy Campus (pdf) By David Schlissel, Director of Resource Planning Analysis, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

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Deal Gone Bad Hits Dozens of Midwest Cities

Deal Gone Bad Hits Dozens of Midwest Cities

‘Bad Bet Traps Paducah in Coal-Fired Nightmare’ is the headline this morning over a blockbuster story in the Louisville Courier Journal that examines how Peabody Coal left the city on the hook for an expensive, underperforming electricity plant. The article, by Jim Bruggers, is perhaps the most comprehensive to date on thePaducah Power System debacle, which […]

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AP: Ratepayers Feel ‘Duped’ by AMP/Peabody Coal Deal

AP: Ratepayers Feel ‘Duped’ by AMP/Peabody Coal Deal

“Towns across the Midwest” are challenging the notion that they are locked into a costly long-term electricity deal with Prairie State Energy Campus, the southern Illinois coal-fired plant that has proven both expensive and unreliable. In an article published nationally today, the Associated Press notes that dozens of municipalities through the American Municipal Power cooperative […]

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U.S. Energy Department Kills Coal-Fired FutureGen Project

U.S. Energy Department Kills Coal-Fired FutureGen Project

The federal government’s decision to pull the plug on FutureGen gets wide coverage today after the Energy Department concluded that the 12-year-old project, which was meant to demonstrate “clean-coal” technology, was a failure. The National Journal’s Ben Geman reports that Illinois power plant was sold as “a public-private partnership to create an advanced, climate-friendly coal-fired […]

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West Virginia Editorial: Beyond Coal

West Virginia Editorial: Beyond Coal

The Charleston, W.V., Gazette is out with a gimlet-eyed editorial that acknowledges the decline of coal-industry jobs and the rise in clean-energy employment. The lead sentence: “Here’s a surprising change: U.S. employment in ‘green energy’—wind, solar, nuclear and geothermal—has grown until it’s four times greater than coal industry jobs.” The editorial cites recent reporting by […]

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Editorial Righteousness Is Alive and Well in West Kentucky

Newspapers by now were supposed to have become the dodo birds of the new-media environment, extinguished by a cruel and changing world in which they could never compete. The prophecy hasn’t quite come true. Granted, a sad number of local papers of note have been felled by the advance of digital publishing and the concomitant […]

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‘Organized Crime’ Seen in Virginia City’s Electricity Costs

‘Organized Crime’ Seen in Virginia City’s Electricity Costs

Denice Thibodeau reports this week in the Danville, Va., Register Bee on a heated public meeting at which City Council members challenged the high cost the city is paying for its relationship with American Municipal Power, one of the supporters of the costly Prairie State Energy Campus. Excerpts: “‘The fox is in the henhouse,’ Donohue […]

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